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White hair/algae? What is this and how can I get rid of it?
Old 12-21-2006, 07:08 PM   #21
 
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:11 PM   #22
 
Very interesting post. I came on here to ask the same question.

I have a 29 gallon I just bought and I am doing a fishless cycle. I just added more "Cycle" stuff and realized the webbing in my tank also. Once I add fish, will they take care of this stuff or will it be necessary for me to remove this crap?
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:14 PM   #23
 
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Very interesting post. I came on here to ask the same question.

I have a 29 gallon I just bought and I am doing a fishless cycle. I just added more "Cycle" stuff and realized the webbing in my tank also. Once I add fish, will they take care of this stuff or will it be necessary for me to remove this crap?
You have to remove them. Fish don't seem to eat those 'webbed things'. I wouldn't use any more 'Cycle' stuff as you're turning the tank into a chemical soup. I thojught you were using ammonia for fishless cycling.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:29 PM   #24
 
I just got the tank 2 weeks ago and this was the first time I cleaned the filter (the fish has been in the tank for a week now).

I picked up some ammonia and nitrites test kits this evening and just did my tests. Here are the results:

Nitrites: none detected
Ammonia: between 0 and 0.6 mg/L

I don't think I mucked it up considering it's such a fool-proof set of tests, but I will check again in the morning.

Would it be ok for me to do another water switch out on Saturday morning (another 20-25% like this morning)? I could clean out the filter (in the aquarium water - not hot water) again and maybe wash down the fake plant and the decoration.

Would it be advisable for me to do a whole tank cleaning soon (I'm thinking the weekend of the 30th)? At least then I could easily get at the gravel and anything that might be hiding/lurking in there.

Thanks again! :D
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Old 12-24-2006, 08:13 AM   #25
 
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Old 12-24-2006, 01:38 PM   #26
 
Ok, so here's an update!

This morning I did another 20% water change. PH is at 7.2, Nitrites at 0 and Ammonia at 0-0.6 Temp at 26 C. The water was cloudy (and still is), sometimes I see like waves of particles (it's almost like it's a light fog). I cleaned out my filter sponge in some of the water I was getting rid of to get rid of the slimy substance that blocks it (while still keeping the good bacteria). I'm no longer putting in the methylene blue, but I did put some aquari-sol, dechlorinator and a hint of salt. Next time, maybe I shouldn't put in any salt and just stick to the dechlorinator and aquari-sol?

I took phoenix out while I rubbed the sides of the tank with a sponge (I also took out the decoration and rubbed it down as well as the fake plant).

If I stir up the gravel in hopes of dislodging anything that might be stuck and rotting in there, will the filter eventually suck it up?

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A whole tank cleaning, dangerous with fish in the tank, since you will be completely starting the cycle agan when you start adding the fish.
Ok, so then I won't do the whole tank cleaning. I'll just keep doing partial water changes every few days (about 20%)

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Could you take a a better pic of the white algae/fuzz/mold?
Since I cleaned out my water this morning and the boyfriend keeps forgetting to bring his digital camera, I won't be able to get pictures for a bit.

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Is it easy to remove by just sucking it up with your syphon?
Syphon? Do you mean the intake on my filter? I have no idea. All I know is that the substance can easily be removed by rubbing with my hands or a sponge (don't worry, I only use the sponge for my tank!).

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How fast does it come back?
It hasn't really come back all that much. The water is cloudy though and I see like waves of little particles or whatnot int he tank (almost like it's foggy). I'm not too sure what this is now.

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What kind of food are you feeding? How often?
I feed my fish this stuff http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2037042&Ne=2 in the morning (I used to give him 7 little pellets, but now I give him 6). And on Sundays I give him freeze dried blood worms. I always feed him everything 1 piece at a time to make sure he eats it all. Is it possible he's eliminating too much waste (aka: does my fish poop too much?)?

Also, the placement of my filter is bothering me a bit. Should I put it lower in my tank or higher up (closer to the surface)? Should the decoration be closer to it or the fake plant? Here's a link to the filter http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/pro...01001300021501

Thank you again for your time.
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:48 PM   #27
 
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Syphon? Do you mean the intake on my filter? I have no idea. All I know is that the substance can easily be removed by rubbing with my hands or a sponge (don't worry, I only use the sponge for my tank!).
He meant gravel vacuuming the substrate when doing water changes.:) It has nothing to do with your filter.:)

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Old 12-24-2006, 10:15 PM   #28
 
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This sounds like a bacterial bloom, and the methylene blue could have damaged your biological filtration along with it. Be careful not to overdose the methy blue, bettas are sensitive to meds and salt.
The best thing to do, considering it's only 1 betta in the tank... put the betta in a bowl for a few days, clean the tank out, wipe it down with a clean fish safe scrubby pad, and start over... minus the salt and meds.
Also, check your tap water for phosphate. If you are having a hair algae issue, chances are it's from phosphate content in the water. What kind of food are you giving the betta and how often? Some fish foods contain phosphate, and if too much is in the tank, it will cause all sorts of problems.
With bacteria blooms, partial water changes will usually only prolong it.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:53 AM   #29
 
Well, considering some people are telling me to clean out the whole tank while others are telling me to go the partial way... I really am not too sure what to do.

I did a 20% water change again yesterday (dechlorinator and aquari-sol, NO salt). It seems as if the weir fuzz stuff is not coming back. The water is cloudy, but not nearly as much as before. I cleaned out the filter again (in the old water) mand it seems as if there is less slime in there too.

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What kind of food are you giving the betta and how often?
I'm feeding him this http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2037042&Ne=2 I've gone from 6-7 pellets of food to 5 a day. I am worried that I am not feeding my fish enough though. :( I feed him every morning. And on Sundays I give him freeze dried blood worms. Everything is fed one by one so I can make sure nothing is left to rot in the water.

I think I should've just bought the master test kit had I known. I can't believe all the money I've spent on a $4.00 fish! I have borrowed a digital camera so there should be pics soon of my whole setup.

Thanks again for your time (and patience!).
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:52 AM   #30
 
when you want to clean your foam spounge, gently bring it to a bucket and very lightly squeeze half the water out. THen place it back into the filter. This way you wont kill THAT many beneficial bacteria. If your getting a new filter i would suggest you get a biowheel filter (EG> Penguin Bio-Wheel) Since those have a separate bacteria holder than normal filters.

As for the algae, if you know what it is, find something that can eat it and place it in your tank with your beta somewhere else. Then take out the algae eater and give it to someone or (if your lucky) give it back to the pet store. Then place your betta back in.
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